Camino to the Coast

About the Experience

Want in on the best kept secret? While many consider Santiago the end of the Camino, it’s really the beginning. If you watched The Way you will be nodding along remembering the bit where Martin Sheen decides to carry on to the ‘end of the world’ in Finisterre. If you haven’t watched The Way, that’s your first Camino homework assignment! Just add some non-GMO popcorn.

You can follow on the heels of Sheen and resilient 9th century pilgrims who relied on the Milky Way (the world’s first navigation app) to find their way to the westernmost reaches of continental Europe. Even the Virgin Mary checked out Muxia (by stone boat–but that’s another story).

The landscape, mood and energy all palpably shift from Santiago for those who head for the rapture of the coast and the fury of the Atlantic that pummels into it. The reverberating church bells, briny breeze, bobbing fishing boats and endless stands of forest are the stuff that meditation is made of. It’s like yoga on the move and it’s full of om and OMG!

From Santiago to Finisterre, this 118-km route is one that dreamers follow in anticipation of enlightenment. Midway, the fishing village of Muxia pulses with the incoming tide and church bells. At day’s end, everyone gathers on the flat rocks surrounding the historic Cape Muxia lighthouse on the Costa del Morte (Death Coast) to ease into the syrupy sunset show. This is a route of unparalleled scenery, history and dare we say, magic.

At the end of the world, everything suddenly makes sense. You’ll have to see for yourself. Better yet, why not join a team of Wild Women to share in the thrill of experiencing the very last sun of the day on the very edge of the world?

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Camino to the Coast

About the Experience

Want in on the best kept secret? While many consider Santiago the end of the Camino, it’s really the beginning. If you watched The Way you will be nodding along remembering the bit where Martin Sheen decides to carry on to the ‘end of the world’ in Finisterre. If you haven’t watched The Way, that’s your first Camino homework assignment! Just add some non-GMO popcorn.

You can follow on the heels of Sheen and resilient 9th century pilgrims who relied on the Milky Way (the world’s first navigation app) to find their way to the westernmost reaches of continental Europe. Even the Virgin Mary checked out Muxia (by stone boat–but that’s another story).

The landscape, mood and energy all palpably shift from Santiago for those who head for the rapture of the coast and the fury of the Atlantic that pummels into it. The reverberating church bells, briny breeze, bobbing fishing boats and endless stands of forest are the stuff that meditation is made of. It’s like yoga on the move and it’s full of om and OMG!

From Santiago to Finisterre, this 118-km route is one that dreamers follow in anticipation of enlightenment. Midway, the fishing village of Muxia pulses with the incoming tide and church bells. At day’s end, everyone gathers on the flat rocks surrounding the historic Cape Muxia lighthouse on the Costa del Morte (Death Coast) to ease into the syrupy sunset show. This is a route of unparalleled scenery, history and dare we say, magic.

At the end of the world, everything suddenly makes sense. You’ll have to see for yourself. Better yet, why not join a team of Wild Women to share in the thrill of experiencing the very last sun of the day on the very edge of the world?

DAY ONE: SANTIAGO TO NEGREIRA

At 9AM have your hiking shoes double-knotted and your game face on! Meet your Wild Women Camino guide in the lobby of Hotel Monumento San Francisco in Santiago. From here, you will begin your walk across the famed Plaza de Obradoiro to absorb a full-on view of the Santiago cathedral. The Camino route winds out of the city’s pavement and cobbles to the natural embrace of the Carballeira oak forest of San Lourenzo. While everything you see will be unexpected, you can expect to fall into a gorgeous trance of pastoral villages, sprays of wildflowers and red-roofed stone houses to the medieval bridge of Augapesada. Follow the signature yellow arrows and stone markers through Carballo, Trasmonte to the endearing village of Ponte Maceira and its 14th century bridge. Your day ends in the modern riverside town of Negreira, known for its seductive pastry shops and the fortified, medieval Pazo de Cotón. If you’ve forgotten anything, you’ll find it here!

  • Hiking Distance: 21 km

 

DAY TWO: NEGREIRA TO LAS MAROÑAS

Today’s route splits through a blend of forests and farmland. From Negreira to Muxia, don’t expect a high frequency of landmarks, cozy cafes, fruit stands or shops to purchase Band-aids! Dorothy, you ain’t in Kansas anymore! This is the country!

Slip into the rural vibe and sounds: purring tractors, tittering European robins and velvety valley views. You’ll be under the canopy of oak forests, following the trail past knee-high ferns and ivy-covered fence line through the tiny hamlets of Zas, Peña, and Porto Camiño. Arriving into Las Maroñas, check out the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria and the mystical-looking raised stone granaries or hórreos(also known as corn cribs). Be forewarned: You will return home with dozens of corn crib photos! Each one is a construction marvel!

  • Hiking Distance: 20 km

 

DAY THREE: LAS MAROÑAS TO DUMBRÍA

Leaving Las Maroñas, the Camino follows a section of infrequently travelled paved roads around Monte Aro with unobstructed views of the Fervenza Reservoir. Enroute, the village of Corzón has an intriguing church with a detached bell tower and rare gallery cemetery. Stunning rural architecture is slowly revealed in Olveiroa with dozens of precariously balanced stone hórreos, the village cross, a communal wash house, and the imposing stone houses. After crossing the Xallas River heading towards Hospital (not ‘the’ hospital), you will leave the trail to Finisterre and head northwest for a few more kilometres to Dumbría where you will end your day with a big smile (and possibly leftover pastry) as a reward for all that you’ve seen on foot.

  • Hiking Distance: 23.5 km

 

DAY FOUR: DUMBRÍA TO MUXÍA

After a restorative sleep, you will depart the village of Dumbría and follow the Camino in all its changing forms: shady forest tracks, quiet roads, grassy stretches and stone-paved segments–all of which comprise the old Camino Real. The ubiquitous eucalyptus will find its way into your nose for most of the day with minor interruptions as you pass through the small villages of Senande, Quintáns, and San Martiño de Ozón (known for its enormous granary and Benedictine Monastery). Climb and then descend to Merexo where you will be surprised by the sudden appearance of the colourful bay that hugs the fishing community of Muxía. You will smell the sea before you see it!

Today culminates at the Punta da Barca, the dramatic rocky point where the 17th century chapel of Nosa Señora da Barca stands. Here you can find the hull, sail and rudder of the stone boat that brought the Virgin Mary to this magical spot. When you see the sunset here, don’t be surprised when you make a promise to yourself to return in the future. It’s unavoidable–you will fall under Muxia’s spell…

  • Hiking Distance: 23 km

 

DAY FIVE: MUXÍA TO LIRES

Depart Muxía via the main road, and follow the coastline past the honeyed sands of Lourido Beach. Many pilgrims can’t resist the temptation to run headlong towards Lourido for one last splash. The Camino takes an upward turn here to Monte Facho, up through pine and eucalyptus plantations to where wind turbines spin in a fury. The panoramas are breathtaking–and it’s the ideal place to catch your breath too! You will descend past the Romanesque church of Santa Maria at Morquintián, through Guisamonde to the riverside village of Lires. There’s a large trout farm and numerous seabirds that make their home in the protected lagoon. Enjoy sundowners with the hang ten surfers who are trying to catch the last curls of the sea before dark.

  • Hiking Distance: 14 km

 

DAY SIX: LIRES TO FINISTERRE

Who needs Spotify when you can listen to the volume of the pouding sea? The shore will be on your right shoulder for most of the day as the trail follows the serpentine River Lires on its short journey to the ocean, along the beaches of Nemiña and Lires. Southwards, the Camino weaves over the headland and past the tiny community of O Rostro. With rosy cheeks, wind your way along country roads through the communities of San Salvador, Escaselas and San Martiño de Duio. Remember, it’s not a race to the end of the world! Indulge in those giant vistas of Langosteira’s bay as you approach the town of Finisterre from above. Finisterre has a hum of its own and the bustling town of fisherman and shopkeepers quickly replaces the halcyon days of rural solitude (but in a good way!).

There’s no need to look for signs at this point. Follow the small crowd! The penguin march out to Cape Finisterre is full of laughter and hand-holding for those who embarked on their Camino in France, 920km ago. Regardless of where you started, the end and those who find themselves in the glow of the Cape Finisterre sunset and Mile 0 marker, it’s the beginning of more remarkable moments to come.

Linger as long as you can in the sun, salt and surf and congratulate your fellow Wild Women for their legwork.

  • Hiking Distance: 18 km

 

DAY SEVEN: FINISTERRE TO SANTIAGO

After breakfast, you will transfer back to Santiago together before bear hugs, email exchanges and a few inside jokes at the Hotel Monumento San Francisco. Your hiking shoes will have a few more stories to tell after this one.

 

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*This itinerary may change slightly due to accommodation availability, rain, festivals, sheep crossings, really good café con leches and spontaneous side trips.

* This is not an endurance race, nor a competition unless you can walk on your hands! If you can do that, please show off! At Wild Women, we believe in being respectful of all the different paces and walks of life that come together on this group trip. It can be a cakewalk, let’s do it together!

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